Researchers from Various Countries to Collaborate on Eradicating Educational Inequality
The HSE Institute of Education has become a founding partner of the Institute for Global Educational Opportunity, an association of universities and research centres that study educational inequality. Representatives from Russia, the U.S., Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Chili gathered in Washington to reach an agreement on joint annual conferences, publications, and research.
Educational inequality is one of the key problems facing educational policy globally, said Sergey Kosaretsky, Director of the HSE Centre of Social and Economic School Development, who took part in the constitutive meeting. This issue is raised in election debates and discussed by various countries’ leaders, but there are only a few examples of truly successful programmes and projects. Furthermore, the trends are negative, with both general and educational inequality increasing globally.
International cooperation is required to discuss advanced solutions and joint developments, as well as to create joint databases and best practices. ‘Traditionally, only politicians and researchers discuss the problem of inequality. The Institute for Global Educational Opportunity also aims to attract leaders of non-profit organizations and educators’, said Kosaretsky. ‘The Institute will be independent in assessing the effectiveness of national models and projects, which will increase the authority of its recommendations’.
In his Washington report, Kosaretsky presented research conducted by the HSE Institute of Education on educational inequality in Russia, in particular on how the quality of school education depends on the particular characteristics of families and the social status of schoolchildren. Russian researchers use the same data sources and comparison methods as their international colleagues; this ensures that they have a common language for debate.
Russia’s past has proven interesting for foreign experts who study educational inequality. Examples of ‘positive discrimination’ and other measures to provide equal opportunities that were used in the Soviet Union are still relevant. However, Russia’s present is also interesting. For example, Russian children have been enjoying increasing access to preschool and supplementary education. Informal education resources for greater educational opportunities will likely be on the agenda for the next meeting held by the Institute’s founders.
For their part, Russian researchers are interested in what Russia is still lacking, Kosaretsky emphasized. For example, some countries select certain schoolchildren and schools for targeted support; teachers receive special training to work in challenging environment, including schools with children who don’t speak the local language. Being introduced to the international experience of ‘equation’ in education will help when it comes to finding the best solutions for Russia, he believes. ‘Together with leading experts from various countries, we will develop measures to promote equal opportunities in education that will be relevant for today’s social and technological development’.
Russia is currently launching a major project to expand educational opportunities for children and decrease educational inequality. This effort follows instructions issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the State Council in December 2015. The Federal Action Programme on Education Development includes plans to launch several projects in the near future, which are aimed at increasing the quality of education in schools that consistently show poor performance.
The next Institute for Global Educational Opportunity conference is due to take place in Russia in 2018. Among other topics, it will address the Russian experience in providing equal educational opportunities, such as projects on extended preschool and supplementary education and support for underachieving schools.
The Poletaev Readings, dedicated to the memory of Andrey Poletaev, one of the founders of the Poletaev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (Russian acronym — IGITI), is a major annual event of the Institute. The event was set to mark its 10th anniversary in 2020, but due to the pandemic, the anniversary forum has been postponed to 2021. In its place, the organizers have arranged the Poletaev Readings 9¾, which were held online. HSE News Service spoke with the event organizer and some of the participants.
The Second International Conference ‘East and West in the New Transformation Phase: Asia Encountering the Challenges Of Deglobalization’ will be held from December 16-17, 2020. According to Vera Vishnyakova, Head of theFaculty of World Economy and International Affairs School of International Regional Studies, it will be the first event to discuss the most pressing questions in contemporary international regional studies.
2020 iCare Participants Discuss the Economic Effects of the Pandemic, the Accessibility of Higher Education in Russia, and More
On September 21, the VIII International Conference on Applied Research in Economics (iCare) was held online, bringing together more than 100 researchers from 19 countries. Organizers, speakers, teachers, and students shared their impressions of the event and talked about the opportunities that the conference opens up for them.
The HSE International Laboratory of Statistical and Computational Genomics has launched an online school for applied population genetics and analysis. The school does not require special knowledge in biology and is aimed at students, graduate students, and postdocs in mathematics, physics, and computer programming.
From Shocks and Crises to Inequality, the Environment and Coronavirus: HSE University in Perm to Host 8th iCare Conference
On September 21, 2020, the HSE University - Perm will hold its eighth iCare — International Conference on Applied Research in Economics (and Finance and Management). This year, the event will be held online for the first time, and participants will not only be able to give presentations, but will also have the opportunity to talk in informal ‘virtual rooms’.
This year’s International Economics Olympiad for high school students started on September 7 with an opening ceremony that celebrated the biggest and most diverse group of students yet to compete in the Olympiad, now in its third year. 29 teams from 29 countries will compete this time. The event, which is being held online due to the pandemic, will last until September 13.
New Inequality, Environmental Impact and Other Consequences of the Coronavirus Pandemic: III ICEF Conference on Applied Economics Focuses on COVID-19
This year, the ICEF Conference on Applied Economics will be held online for the first time ever. On September 12, experts from around the world will discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy. The HSE News Services describes the papers that will be presented and why the organizers decided to devote this event to COVID-19.
In December 2020, the HSE eLearning Office, together with the global online platform Coursera, will host the eSTARS International eLearning Conference.
MIEM, WorldSkills Russia, and Industrial Partners Hold International Corporate Security Training Modules and Competition
From June 22 to July 9, 2020, the 2020 International BRICS Future Skills Camp Championship, which allows students to both expand and test their skills in enterprise information systems security, took place. The event was jointly organized by WorldSkills Russia (WSR), the HSE Tikhonov Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM HSE), and Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). Students from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and the Republic of South Africa participated in the competition.
On July 3, 2020, the 4th Eastern Conference on Football Economics and the 6th Western Conference on Football and Finance were held. Jointly organized by HSE University, the University Paderborn, the New Economic School, the EWG OR in Sports, and the University of Reading, the conference was dedicated to the economic, financial and social aspects of football. Some of the organizers and participants of the conference spoke to the HSE News Service about the conference and their research.